$11 Ewell Cubietruck Case Supports 2.5″ SATA Hard Drive and Battery

We’ve already seen a way to make your own HDD enclosure with the Cubieboard, but if you’ve got the latest CubieTruck (aka Cubieboard 3) board with the dual core Cortex A7 AllWinner A20 and 2GB RAM, there’s an easier, and cheaper, way to achieve the same thing with Ewell case that supports 2.5″ SATA Hard drives and SSD, as well as a 5300 mAh lithium battery if you want your system to be portable.


The setup is quite interesting as there are few full ARM Linux systems supporting an hard drive on the market, especially at this price point: $11 for the case, and $95 for the Cubieboard. You can either add a 2.5″ Hard drive (320GB / 500GB), or if you are more after performance than storage capacity, a SATA SDD (60 GB) for about $60. Alternatives to this setup would be Compulab Utilite Standard for $159 (Freescale i.MX6 dual + 2 GB RAM + SATA support, no drive), and Utilite Pro for $219 (Freescale i.MX6 Quad + 2 GB RAM + 32GB SSD), which ends up about $50 more for the dual core version. Android and Linux distributions will work be fine on AllWinner, but Linux graphics and video support is however better on i.MX6, at least for now.

If you want to see how it works, Cubieboard team has explained how to assemble the case with the Cubietruck, an hard drive and a 5,300 mAh battery. There are quite a few steps, but none of them seem too complicated.


If you’d rather buy locally than via Aliexpress, there’s a long list of resellers for “Cubie” products.

Share this:
FacebookTwitterHacker NewsSlashdotRedditLinkedInPinterestFlipboardMeWeLineEmailShare

Support CNX Software! Donate via cryptocurrencies or become a Patron on Patreon

ROCK Pi 4C Plus

17 Replies to “$11 Ewell Cubietruck Case Supports 2.5″ SATA Hard Drive and Battery”

  1. Price point is VERY reasonable. Cases tend to be horribly overpriced, especially those for RasPi costing more than Pi itself.

    Looks quite OK too, wont stand out too much under TV. Nice cheap XBMC kit there if someone dont need lots of storage.

  2. @Fossxlorer My second thought: even though the other PCs are laptops (=> effectively built in UPS) I’d really need a router with UPS too for it to help much though 🙁

  3. @onebir
    Unless you have a router / modem that can be powered via USB, then the battery in Cubietruck would do it.
    There are also quite a few low cost routers with batteries.

  4. @cnxsoft 😕 I have a router/modem, but TBH it has a round power plug & I never thought it could be powered by USB. I’ll check the voltage etc.

    A lot of people are building always-on home networks these days – it might be worth researching low cost UPS options. I did check on AliEx a while back, but everything seemed quite expensive.

  5. @onebir
    I’ve also researched UPS for my home computer, because the electricity grid is not that reliable especially during the hot season and rainy season. Locally the price is about $60 to $80, but there aren’t many options online, and shipping is expensive. If something goes wrong, return shipping will be expensive too, so for this type of item better purchase it locally.

  6. @cnxsoft Aren’t all those solutions wildly overspecified if your main computers are laptops, & you just need UPS for a router & some ARM (/Bay Trail etc) low wattage devices?

  7. @Xan
    XBMC is god-awful on the Cubietruck (which in itself is a less than stellar piece of equipment, especially given that nasty whine it starts one you connect USB peripherals).

  8. @Someone from the other side
    How about one of the various dual core bay trail boards we read about and then a chassis like this? http://www.aywun.com/ProductDetails.asp?ID=56
    I have one and have mentioned it before in another post. A price search in Australia shows them available for just under AU$60 (~US$52). This chassis includes the picu psu and 60W AC adapter.

    So (in USD),
    dual core bay trail board – $65
    2GB DDR3 ram – $21
    Mini-ITX chassis – $52

    Bear in mind that you can also now get quad core bay trail – although I’m waiting to see what other manufacturers other than Gigabyte can offer – for an advertised $10 or $15 on top of the cost of of the dual core config.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Khadas VIM4 SBC
Khadas VIM4 SBC